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Themal Insulation Engineer Profile


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  • Finding Suitable Work as a Themal Insulation Engineer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Themal Insulation Engineer Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Thermal insulation engineers specialise in insulating hot pipes, vessels and boilers to keep heat in, or in the case of refrigeration and air-conditioning installations, to keep heat out.

They work on large-scale industrial projects in petro-chemical works, power stations, factories, oil refineries, hospitals, office blocks or on board ships.

Thermal insulation engineers measure, cut and shape insulating materials to fit around the pipes, vessels or boilers and duct work, often working in very confined or difficult to access areas. They are also responsible for protecting the finished job by covering the insulation in sheet metal or other material cladding.

Hours and Environment

Thermal insulation engineers usually work a 38 hour week, Monday to Friday. They may be required to work overtime on a particular project, including evenings and weekends.

Working conditions can sometimes be uncomfortable. They may work in spaces that are very confined or difficult to access, are high up or in a dirty, dusty or hot environment. On some sites, they may need to wear protective clothing.

Thermal insulation engineers are likely to travel quite extensively between different work sites and projects.

Skills and Interests

To be a thermal insulation engineer, you should:

  • be interested in working with your hands, using measuring, cutting, shaping and fitting tools
  • enjoy working on a project from beginning to end
  • have good health and stamina
  • be able to work in sometimes confined or difficult to access areas, dusty conditions or at heights
  • be accurate and pay attention to detail
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • be keen to travel to different sites in the UK or overseas.


You will need to complete the Insulation & Environmental Training Agency (IETA) apprenticeship scheme and be employed as a trainee with a company in this sector.

You need to be at least 16 years old with a minimum of four GCSEs/S grades or equivalent. Applicants without GCSEs/S grades may take a special entry test. Some companies may accept adults with other industrial or engineering skills for training as thermal insulation engineers.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority


As a trainee, you will also study for NVQ/SVQ Level 2 in Thermal Insulation Engineering. This will involve on-site training and assessment through an employer. This is also combined with a minimum of 20 weeks at one of the IETAs approved training centres based in Darlington and Glasgow.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


Opportunities for thermal insulation engineers are increasing and likely to continue doing so in the foreseeable future, as their job is a vital part of energy conservation.

There are opportunities for employment both throughout this country and many other countries throughout the world. There are prospects for promotion to supervisory or management roles.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only. It is common for people to work on short-term contracts with the possibility of extra payments for early completion.

Thermal insulation engineers usually start at around £11,000.
More experienced thermal insulation engineers can earn around £13,000.
Senior thermal insulation engineers earn from £15,000.

Further information

Insulation & Environmental Training Agency
TICA House
Allington Way
Yarm Road Industrial Estate
Co. Durham
Tel: 01325 466704

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